Steve Fowler, the manager that led Marion onto the field in its first three seasons, opened at two-game series at Gordon Blue Guess Field Thursday with 4-3 win over his former team as the first-year manager of the Owensboro Oilers. The game-winning hit was provided an ex-Bobcat shortshop under Fowler, Drew Barrett.
The Oilers (9-10) jumped out to an early one-run lead with a score in the first inning and added two more in the seventh to take a 3-0 lead of Marion (11-6, 12-6 overall). But the Bobcats stormed back in the home half of the inning to tie the game on a two-RBI single from Cody Kottich and a Tyler Bailey score on a double steal. Owensboro answered, however, with an RBI hit off the bat of Barrett.
Starter Josh Anders gave up only one earned run of the three he allowed through 6 2/3 innings. Stephen Glaze (0-1) took the loss after getting only two outs. Kottich and Kyle Vander Ark each had two hits, and the Marion's defense turned three double plays to counter two fielding miscues.
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Fulton 8, Tradewater 4
The Railroaders chased and tied the Pirates through almost fives innings before finally taking a lead and preserving an 8-4 win.